It’s no secret that investing in good quality products will mean that they last longer, perform better and therefore save you money in the long run. I’m not talking about buying the most expensive items you can find in the hopes that they serve you well – that’s a completely different kettle of fish. I’m talking about investing your money in things around the house and for your family that are of good quality and guaranteed to save you a fortune if you invest in them now.
Obviously, when you’re strapped for cash, investing in household components may be a bit difficult. However, it is worth bearing in mind the money that you could save in the future will likely pay for itself.
You don’t need to go out and replace everything in your home; even if you’ve just saved up for some decent quality kitchen ware, you’ll be grateful that you won’t need to replace that any time soon. That means your money can be spent elsewhere!
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Invest In Your Kitchen To Save Money In The Long Run
Your kitchen uses up a lot of electricity (and gas) every day. From boiling the kettle, to having the oven on, it will be costing you money. Try investing in some energy efficient kitchen appliances. These will last you longer, so they don’t need to be replaced frequently and they will save you money on your utilities.
Energy Efficient Appliances
I would start with the kettle. Did you know that boiling a full kettle costs around 2.5p every time you boil it? That’s a lot of money if you’re making your family a few cuppas a day, or you’ve got friends over. I was a bit shocked when I found this out, so I did a little bit of research and found some kettles that would make a great investment and save us some money on electricity. The Philips HD4644/00 Energy Efficient Kettle and the Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup both look great.
LED Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Probably a no brainer, but invest in some LED energy saving lightbulbs. Energy saving lightbulbs have come on a long way in recent years. There are now energy efficient lightbulbs that fit almost every fixture and shape. There’s no excuse not to grab these and save on your utility bill.
Good Quality Saucepans and Frying Pans
From my experience, if you purchase cheap frying pans and saucepans, the non-stick comes pretty quickly. What’s worse, is that I have noticed it usually comes off while you’re cooking with them, meaning there are flecks of black in your dinner! Not nice. So it’s worth investing in a great quality saucepan set, as well as a few frying pans. My thought is that you can’t go wrong with a Tefal set or a PRIMA Cookware Set.
Save Money By Fixing Up Your Home
If you’re planning home renovations any time soon, now is the perfect opportunity to invest in some great features that will save you hundreds in heating bills, energy bills and replacements.
Save On Lighting And Heating With VELUX
VELUX windows not only look gorgeous in your home, but they also serve the purpose of lighting up your room beautifully without you needing to waste electricity on lighting. Natural lighting has many benefits for your mental health as well. VELUX also sells thermal black out blinds for their windows that improve the insulation of your room, thus saving you more on heating bills. Save on lighting and save on heating – it’s a win/win situation. You can pop along and have a look at what VELUX has to offer on the VELUX website.
Replace Your Radiators
If you live in a slightly older building, you may find that your radiators just aren’t as efficient as they could be. Just like the LED lightbulbs, things have vastly improved and many people will find that their radiators are costing them a fortune to run. I read that radiators produced before 2000 can be up to 50% less efficient than modern ones. If you’re planning any refurbishment, it is definitely worth considering as replacing your radiators could save you lots of money on your heating bills.
Install A Smart Thermostat
I am incredibly guilty of turning the hot water on and then completely forgetting to turn it off again. This definitely shows in our energy bills. I’m one of those people who would hugely benefit from having a smart thermostat installed. Being able to set timers on the boiler (mine is rubbish and I can’t seem to figure it out!) whether you’re at home or out and about means that you have full control. If, like me, you forget to turn the hot water off – no problem, you can sort it all out with a touch of a button from your phone and always stay on top of your spending.
Install Solar Panels To Save You Money and Save The Planet
The house opposite me has solar panels on it’s roof and I am insanely jealous. There are loads of benefits to having solar panels installed. Once you’ve paid the initial cost, your energy bills will see a huge cut; sunlight is free and even if it’s cloudy, you’ll still generate power! You will be doing the planet a huge favour by reducing your carbon footprint. In the UK, you’ll also be part of the Feed-In Tariff scheme, where you get paid for the electricity you make and you can also sell electricity on the scheme! This is definitely something to consider investing in; I’m seeing more a more houses with solar panels on their roofs these days!
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I’d like to thank a few other bloggers who put their heads together and gave me their opinions on what items are worth investing in to ensure that you save money in the long run. Thanks to: Katy – katykicker.com, Sarah – letthembesmall.com, Christy – welshmum.co.uk, Sarah A – afewfavouritethings.com, Lynne – www.newmummyblog.com, Emma – www.meandbmaketea.com and Emma M – themoneywhisperer.co.uk